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Ricotta Fritters

Ricotta fritters accompanied by a sweet huckleberry compote are a study in contrasting flavors and textures.

  • Yield: Makes about 30

Source: Martha Stewart Living, April 1998

Ingredients

  • 2 quarts canola oil
  • 8 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 extra-large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup nonmelting or confectioners sugar
  • Huckleberry Compote

Directions

  1. Heat oil in a low-sided six-quart saucepan over medium-high heat until a deep-frying thermometer registers 360 degrees. Line a baking pan with paper towels.

  2. Meanwhile, place the ricotta in a medium bowl. Using a rubber spatula, break up the curds, loosening the consistency without completely smoothing.

  3. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, and nutmeg. Make a large well in the center. Place the eggs, honey, and vanilla in a medium bowl, and whisk to combine. Pour the egg mixture into the well. Using a whisk, gradually draw the flour mixture into the egg mixture, whisking until smooth before drawing in more flour. Continue until all of the flour mixture has been incorporated.

  4. Add the ricotta, and gently fold into the batter until just combined; the ricotta will remain visible in the batter.

  5. Carefully spoon the batter, 1 tablespoon at a time, into the hot oil, being careful not to overcrowd the pan. Fry until golden on outside but still slightly runny on inside, about 1 minute, turning after about 30 seconds. Using a slotted spoon, remove fritters from oil, and transfer to lined baking pan. Repeat with remaining batter.

  6. When cool enough to handle, sift nonmelting sugar over fritters; transfer to a serving platter. Serve with huckleberry compote.

Cook's Notes

Try to find ricotta with large, dry curd, or use cottage cheese.

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